Asparagus Pea Medley

This recipe transforms stand-by vegetables into an extraordinary holiday side dish.

from Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (10-1/2 oz. each ) frozen cut asparagus
  • 1 package (10 oz.) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 jar (6 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 jar (2 oz.) diced pimientos, drained
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 jar (5 oz.) sharp American cheese spread
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs

    How to make it 


  • 1

    Cook asparagus according to package directions, omitting the salt. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

  • 2

    Place asparagus in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with peas, mushrooms and pimientos; set aside.

  • 3

    In a small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk and reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

  • 4

    Reduce heat; add the cheese spread, salt and pepper; stir until blended. Pour over vegetables.

  • 5

    Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over cheese sauce.

  • 6

    Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Or bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. If refrigerated before baking, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes beforehand.

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